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My name is Heather Patterson. I am an adult and paediatric emergency physician and photographer based in Calgary, Canada.  

My current project is a wellness-based documentary photography initiative which respectfully shares the experiences of frontline hospital staff as well as patients and families.  It also offers the opportunity for healthcare providers to reflect on our experiences and look forward with hope during our current healthcare system crisis.  


Intimate images of healthcare workers, support staff, patients and families, shed light on the compassion, teamwork, and even joy that can be found amidst tragedy.  The images and stories highlight love and loss, kindness and grace, and the importance of authenticity during an epidemic of burnout, delivering a message that is relevant and critically important during our current health-care crisis. 


Heather Patterson, BScH, MD, FRCPC Emergency Medicine


Photo Essay and Photojournalism, Honourable Mention - National Magazine Awards, June 2022

Award for Medical Journalism - Canadian Association of Emergency Medicine, May 2022


Dec 7, 2022 The Globe and Mail

The faces of perseverance in our children's hospitals

Oct 4, 2022 CBC Radio - The Current

How one ER doctor photographed the intimate moments of critical care

Sept 17, 2022 | Global News Calgary

Calgary physician documents COVID-19 through photography

Sept 15, 2022 | CBC News - The Homestretch

Calgary doctor's new book captures photos of health-care workers, patients during pandemic


Sept 14, 2022, 2022 The Calgary Herald

Calgary ER doctor's photography book captures COVID-19 in city hospitals

Sept 13, 2022 | CBC News Calgary

Calgary emergency room physician releases book documenting the pandemic through photos

July 15, 2021 Alberta Medical Association

Calgary Physician-Photographer Documents Frontline COVID Response

June 11, 2021 | College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta

Images from the Pandemic Front Lines


June 1, 2021 | Maclean's Magazine

Alone and Afraid: Alberta's Third Wave in Photos

May 8, 2021 | CTV News Channel

Photographing the Front Lines

May 1, 2021 | City News Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto

Rare photographs reflect fight against COVID-19

April 23, 2021 | 770 News Radio

PhotoDoc: An Interview with Dr. Heather Patterson

April 23, 2021 | CTV Calgary

Photography of pandemic depicts exhaustion, tragedy inside Calgary's Foothills Hospital

Mar 22, 2021 | Maclean's Magazine

Year One: The untold story of the pandemic p.44-45

Mar 18, 2021 | Calgary Herald
'Speaks to the strength of our team': How Calgary's health-care workers managed one year of the pandemic

Mar 8, 2021
| Calgary Herald
​The pandemic shows how far women have come and how far they have left to go

Jan 18, 2021 | CBC The National

Doctor turned documentarian​​

Jan 18, 2021 | Global Calgary
Calgary ER doctor takes sabbatical to photograph colleagues on COVID-19 front lines

Jan 15, 2021 | CTV Calgary
Photos from inside Calgary COVID-19 wards

Jan 15, 2021 | COVID Kindness, Canadian Medical Association
ER doctor captures humanity and hope through hospital photography project

Jan 14, 2021
| CBC Calgary
Calgary ER doctor captures life on the frontlines of pandemic through photography project​​​

Jan 14, 2021 | CBC Calgary Radio

How a Calgary emergency room doctor is chronicling the COVID-19 pandemic with her camera

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